Well, people said it couldn’t be done. After Halle Berry’s Oscar(r) win in 2002, people questioned if it was just a fluke, and if a Black woman could get movie-goers into the theaters.[picappgallerysingle id=”7403564″ align=”center”]After the summer success of PRECIOUS, two more films have exploded stereotypes and myths about Black women and their place in film. [picappgallerysingle id=”7132203″]Granted, one movie completely masks the fact that it is a Black woman (AVATAR), but the other actively promotes the fact that she’s a “first,” that is, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG which features Disney’s first Black princess in their loooooong line of princess-like films. (Yes, we’ve had American Indian, Chinese, Middle-Eastern, et al.) [picappgallerysingle id=”7058013″]THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (starring Broadway and DREAMGIRLS star Anika Noni Rose) grossed $44+ M, with an opening weekend of $12.2M. AVATAR (starring Zoe Saldana as the lead alien and love-interest) grossed and opened at $73M.
Wake up, Hollywood. Black women are ready for you…are you ready for us?